Dutch far-right and anti-EU populist Geert Wilders, who has vowed to stop immigration to the Netherlands, is expected to score a landslide victory in Wednesday’s parliamentary election, according to polls taken after the vote.
Mr Wilders’s Freedom Party, the PVV, appears to have beaten all predictions, according to polls, taking 35 of the 150 seats in parliament, or nine seats more than the rival coalition between Labor and the left. In third place with 23 seats are the conservatives of outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte, according to the polls.
Immigration, the issue that brought down Mr Rutte’s last cabinet after 13 years in power, has been a key issue in the campaign.
“Enough. The Netherlands can’t take it anymore. We must think of our people first now. To close the border. Zero asylum seekers,” Mr. Wilders said in a televised debate the night before the election.
Mr. Wilders is known worldwide for his fiery anti-Islamic politics. He was convicted of discrimination by a Dutch judge after insulting Moroccans at a campaign rally in 2014.
Mr Wilders is likely to lead talks on Friday to form a government. He has said that he wants to lead the country, but he will have to cooperate with other parties to create a majority coalition in the parliament. This process usually takes months.